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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers a lot of unique experiences that trigger rich, subtle, and fulfilling psychological changes in its students — these are changes that promote positive transformation and keep people coming back to the mats to be the very best version of themselves.
Dr David Ley is a Psychologist and Gracie Barra Black Belt training in Texas. Writing in Psychology Today he discusses the psychological and biological effects of training in BJJ. He says. “Without knowing it, students of BJJ offer each other a powerful, affirming, accepting, and biologically-mediated experience, simply through the body-to-body contact that occurs throughout BJJ. Such contact triggers the release of neurochemicals in our brain and hormones throughout our body, which make us more aware, focused, and connected. Oxytocin is one hormone often called the “cuddle” or “empathy” hormone, which is released in the body during such physical contact. It is likely one reason why friendships develop so quickly and deeply amongst BJJ students.”
“The nature of competition and survival triggers other intense psychological and physiological changes. In such situations, our brains and bodies react, preparing us to flee or fight, but also to be very alert. Norepinephrine, adrenaline, and cortisol flood our bodies and synapses, decreasing our reaction times, increasing our heart rate and respiration, and enhancing our focus and awareness.”
Dr Ley goes into detail about the positive effects of exercise, he says, “During intense exercise, our brain also releases a protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or BDNF. This protein protects and repairs neural tissue, and yields a powerful feeling of euphoria. BDNF is one of the sources of the “runner’s high,” that feeling of elation and satisfaction that often follows intense exercise. The effects of this protein, and the enhanced activity of our brains after such strenuous exercise help us to be more energized and focused, in positive spirits through the rest of the day.” He also mentions other benefits of training Jiu Jitsu, “The powerful experiences of BJJ are not related solely to biological effects though. BJJ offers a never-ending feast of self-improvement, where one can measure their accomplishments daily, both against self, and against others.
The sense of belonging to something bigger than just yourself is a powerful thing. As a Jiu Jitsu student and Gracie Barra team member you can not only improve yourself by training Jiu Jitsu but you can help others achieve their goals. This comradery multiplies the benefits of Jiu Jitsu because you can experience them yourself then many other times through the experience of the people you train with and support in competitions. The Gracie Barra team across the world is ready to help you achieve your goals and to prepare you to help others in the team achieve their goals.
Each New Year many people make resolutions to make their lives better.
Why starting Jiu Jitsu should be your New Years resolution???
Each New Year many people make resolutions to make their lives better. The common top 3
resolutions each year are:
Learn something new
Sadly most people fail their resolution by the start of February. There are some reasons for
this. People often join a gym, buy a treadmill, promise themselves to jog or get a bike. All
these activities require you to pick a time and go. That is so easy to break because you get
busy, distracted and vow to go soon, or another time but that doesn’t happen. Losing weight
and exercising without a structured timetable allows too much flexibility for the average
person to succeed. Having a structured time you need to be at training and set days really
helps remove the distractions of time taking you away from your goals. Your mind will
orientate you toward your goals if they are specific. If you know you need to be at training at
6pm you will arrange things around that. If you plan to train sometime tomorrow, it is easier
to miss that vague goal.
Many exercising activities can get boring and hard to maintain interest in over time unless
you are one of the lucky ones who has steel like discipline. Jiu Jitsu is very dynamic and
constantly challenges the mind and body by requiring new positions and strategies when
training. The nature of training Jiu Jitsu also means you will meet new people who you will
engage with and they soon become friends who make coming to training more enjoyable. No
one at a Jiu Jitsu gym trains with earphone in listing to music. Everyone is actually talking to
each other. The best exercise is the one you can keep doing because you can vary the
intensity, it is exciting and it is structured. The belt system in Jiu Jitsu also lets you set goals
and track your progress. Great news too is you don’t need to be fit, strong, flexible, young,
old or be an athlete. Anyone can train Jiu Jitsu.
Learning something new keeps our brain active and helps develop us as a person. Jiu Jitsu
introduce new movements and shows how to efficiently use your
body to its best effect. Wether you want to train for weight loss, fitness, self defence or
competition, the training will help you achieve all these goals and you will find it teaches you
far more than you expect. I wish I started earlier is something we hear all the time in Jiu Jitsu
Take the step now for a better you in the future. Come and watch a class, do an introduction
class or email the team at Gracie Barra Blacktown City to ask any question you have. NOW is the time!!!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is so popular and it is one of the fastest growing fighting arts in the world.
For many people it is a way of life and the benefits you can gain from jiu jitsu are both physical and mental.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ as it is often called has become very popular and addictive for so many
people. Its popularity has increased as more and more celebrities begin training. Keanu Reeves, Kate
Upton, Demi Lovato, Ashton Kutcher, Russel Brand all train and post about their experience. Modern
Family actor Ed O’Neil is a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt!
As well as teaching effective self defence techniques and improving overall fitness, BJJ offers many
unique experiences that promote positive transformation and keep people coming back to the mats.
One of the things that you will notice different when training in BJJ is the fact that from day one,
the first time you step on the mat, you are grappling face-to-face, body-to-body, with another
person. This is at the core of BJJ, which attempts to apply these skills in real-world defence
situations. From the beginning of training, students of BJJ learn to experience what these skills are
like, used by, and against, people with varying degrees of skill, strength, and technique.
As society becomes more and more digital, online and on phones, and less about face to face
meeting and connecting with other people, there is the feeling that we are missing something. It is
the constant physical contact in BJJ which many believe is one of the most powerful forces driving
the BJJ experience. Many people today are starved for physical contact. It is a sad fact that many
people go through each day only experiencing a few handshakes as their only experiences of touch
from other people. BJJ is one sport where you can be effective without being super fit, strong, big or
gifted athletically and it can be done by anyone. Some call it chess with humans or active physical
meditation but they all agree that BJJ provides far more than just self defence moves to those who
train. Once you have your uniform on you could be young, old, rich, poor, unemployed, a student, a
mother, a child, it doesn’t matter. BJJ unites us all and gives us the chance to interact physically with
others in a way that we all benefit.
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Five reasons why women should train Jiu Jitsu:
1. Its FUN!
2. Self Defence
3. Functional Fitness
4. You will meet new people and become part of a community
Jiu Jitsu training is fun, it gets you out of the house, your body moving, and keeps your mind active whilst exercising. When you first start training you may be surprised by how much fun and laughter is in each class but the more you train the more you will learn that it is all part of the Jiu Jitsu environment.
Jiu Jitsu is a proven, effectivities form of self defence. It is a true self defence as you don’t strike out against your opponent like most other martial arts that are really self offence styles with kicking and punching. In Jiu Jitsu you don’t have to be strong, faster or fitter than your opponent to be effective. It is also a martial art that people are more likely to use because, let’s face it, some people don’t feel comfortable hitting someone else even if they have to defend themselves, let alone the risk of injuring themselves when doing it. Jiu Jitsu allows you to vary the intensity of your response and control an opponent rather than hurt them.
Jiu Jitsu helps you get functionally fit by getting your body to move and work in a functional manner. The more you train the more your body gets used to moving in an efficient way using your whole body to get a great work out.
One of the unexpected benefits of training Jiu Jitsu is that you get to meet lots of different people from many different backgrounds, ages, careers and interests. There are not many places where you will find a student mixing with a nurse, an accountant, a mother, a police officer all mixing together. Once we put on the uniform and start training the differences we have make way because we share the same training goal.
Having the feeling that you can defend yourself does give confidence but the feeling that you can actually do the moves successfully really builds your confidence. It proves to you that you are capable of doing more than you think. That confidence, together with the way your body feels after training for a while, you take with you every day and in every situation. We hope you never need to use the moves you learn in Jiu Jitsu in a self defence situation but we know you will use the confidence and self esteem that training gives you all the time.
The seemingly endless number of techniques and positional variations in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the things that makes the gentle art very interesting for students of all ages and abilities.
Beginners Guide to Jiu Jitsu – Positional Control
With Jiu Jitsu techniques being used more and more in movies, people are gaining interest in training and learning the moves they have seen. Fans of Keanu Reeves have seen him perform some awesome Jiu Jitsu moves in all the John Wick movies especially the most recent one, John Wick 3. Lethal Weapon 1 in 1987 saw Mel Gibson finish chief bad guy Garry Busey with a triangle. Scarlet Johansson trained Jiu Jitsu to help her fight scenes in the Iron Man and the Avengers movies. All of these cool moves are part of Jiu Jitsu but just like the tip of the iceberg, there is much more below the surface.
When you start Jiu Jitsu, and many times during your training, it is helpful to know exactly what Jiu Jitsu is. On a very basic level, Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that is designed for self-defence and is also practiced in competition that involves throws and ground fighting using techniques and leverage. On a more specific level, Jiu Jitsu is about control and submission. When training, you often hear the saying “position before submission.” The flashy moves you see in the movies only work when you are in a position to do the move. To get in the correct position for any submission you have to get control of your opponent. When you first start Jiu Jitsu you will be frustrated by how easy the more experienced students can stop you from moving, or only allow you to move in a direction that they want you to move.
Control is one of the benefits of Jiu Jitsu as it allows you to vary your level of response to a situation. Unlike striking arts like boxing, kickboxing or karate, you cannot really throw a soft strike that is effective. In Jiu Jitsu there are many positions where you can effectively control and hold someone without causing any damage to either your opponent or yourself. In each of these ‘control’ positions there are countless submissions that can be used. These positions can be ranked in terms of which are better for control. The positions are:
Back Mount - Knee Ride – Mount – Side Control - Guard
If you are in the control positions in the above list, back is the best position. If you are in someone’s back control, that is the worst position to be in. The guard is more of a neutral position with moves available for the person in your guard, and for you if you are in someone else’s guard. Of course there are many moves to escape these positions and some people have developed effective moves from bad positons but they all started by learning the basic positions and respecting that some are better than others.
Your goal as a beginner is to get to the best control position you can and maintain it so you can use a submission without losing control. You should always be looking to maintain, or improve your control position. The flashy cool moves will come in time but most rolls and competitions are finished by the basic control positions and fundamental techniques.
“The White Belt is a higher rank than sitting on the lounge.”
The White Belt – Courage
Whenever you feel discouraged about starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or having a White Belt remember the saying, “The White Belt is a higher rank than sitting on the lounge.”
The White Belt is the most important belt in any martial art. Without a White Belt there would never be a Blue, Purple, Brown or Black Belt. The White Belt is also one of the hardest belts to get because you have to begin something new, somewhere new, with new people and accept there is something you don’t know. That is why we say the BJJ White Belt represents courage, the courage to begin something new and the willingness to be a student. It takes courage to earn your White Belt. The White belt isn’t just given to you, you have to get off the lounge, go into the gym and get it.
To earn your White Belt you have to face your fears of being the new person. You have to accept that you need to start from the bottom again no matter where you are in your life. You have to accept that there will be many people better than you and that you can actually benefit from what you are going to do. No matter what level of fitness, what age, what gender, what previous experience you have, we all start at the White Belt. There is a popular expression that “a Black Belt is a White Belt who never quit.” That is so true and although the Black Belt may seem so far away, every other coloured belt started as a White Belt.
As you start training you will go through a training curriculum that covers all the positions in Jiu Jitsu. Even though all positions are taught the same to everyone, some moves and techniques will make more sense and feel better to you than others. This is the beginning of finding your game, your way in the Jiu Jitsu martial art. Everybody is different...different fitness, age, attitude, competitiveness, long limbs, short limbs, tall, short, and so many combinations of the above. No matter how you are made up there is a Jiu Jitsu game for you. It just takes time and experiencing the different techniques to find your Jiu Jitsu. Don’t feel bad if the technique being taught that week isn’t working as well for you as others. Have faith that you will find your game. Some techniques and positions will suit you better but you need to know all the positions so you can work out a way to deal with people who play a different game to you.
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You have read or heard about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now want to give a try. Don’t wait until you get fit because you can do Jiu Jitsu at any fitness level and you will get fit while you are doing Jiu Jitsu. Here are some tips on what to expect on your first class and what you can do to get the most out of it.
Tips and what to expect on your first day of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra
Before you go in to train for the first time, ring ahead and book in an intro class. Of course, you are welcome to visit anytime but booking in does give the instructor notice you will be coming and they can organise things for you.
Remember, everybody there started where you are now, some were fitter some were not as fit. If you can, ask a friend to come with you, because that can help with nerves and not knowing anyone there. You will be in close contact with other people so make sure you and your clothes are clean, brush your teeth, wear deodorant and cut your fingernails and toenails. Take off your jewellery so it doesn’t break or injure you or anyone else and don’t put on any make up that might rub off on other people. You should wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too hot.
The class will start with students lining up in belt order facing the front on the mats. We then do a warm up that includes some basic Jiu Jitsu movements and other exercises. Don’t rush or feel like you have to do the warm up as well as the person next to you. It will take time for your body to get used to the movements, no one is judging you, you are new. Each week is dedicated to a position that the techniques will focus on. The instructor will demonstrate the moves and you pair up with another student and practise the technique. The self defence technique are followed by specific training where you try the moves you have been shown with different partners. We finish the class with a cool down and lining up like we did at the beginning of the class.
Remember, Jiu Jitsu takes time and you should be aiming to train at least two times a week. To help you do that, try making a friend or two on your first class. Someone who is new like you, similar age, similar interests or someone completely opposite. The more friends you make the more likely you will want to come back and get the benefits of Jiu Jitsu. It will be hard to remember all the things you have seen on your first day but if you can remember some names and faces then the next class will be easier until one day when you see a new person at class and get to help them get through their first day.
Why Gracie Barra?
Jiu Jitsu FOR EVERYONE!!!
Why choose Gracie Barra as a place to train Jiu Jitsu?
To get the most out of learning Jiu Jitsu you really need to train 2-3 times a week, which can add up to a lot of time on the mats and in a gym. When investing that much time you want to be sure the organisation you train with is a place you want to be involved with. Knowing what an organisation stands for is a good way to see if you should spend your time there. Gracie Barra values Brotherhood, Integrity and Development.
As well as aligning with these values you will find all Gracie Barra schools will share the following characteristics:
As Jiu Jitsu increases in popularity there are more and more places offering Jiu Jitsu these days so what should you look for when choosing where to train? Nothing beats going into the gym and watching a class and talking with the instructors and students. Here are 5 suggestions to help you pick which gyms to visit and what to look for.
When you see Jiu Jitsu advertised it is worth investigating what is behind the name. Most Jiu Jitsu gyms are affiliated with a bigger organisation. The bigger the organisation the better the chance that the gym will have access to quality instruction that is updated regularly and in many cases other gyms you can train at when not in your local area. Larger organisations also tend to hold seminars with big names in the sport to help motivate and educate.
A black belt is a good sign that the instructor has been involved in Jiu Jitsu for many years but it doesn’t always mean they will be good instructors for you. Look for who is teaching the classes you can attend, not just the head instructor. Can you relate to the way they teach, is it adaptable to your body type? Are there other instructors there who can help during class? How does the instructor treat the students and how do the students treat the instructor? Is there mutual respect and is the class structured to allow the best possible learning and fun.
An instructor is important but your learning will also depend a lot on the people you train with. Are the students welcoming, considerate and respectful? Do you feel like you fit in? A good gym will have a mix of athletes who want to compete, recreational practitioners, and a mix of ages and body types. Chances are you will feel a little nervous to start with so you want to train at a place where you can trust the people there will look after you.
Is the gym clean? Is it neat? Is there enough room to train without bumping into other people? Is it close to where you live or work? Do they have classes on at times you can make it?
In the end, the best gym for you is the gym where you will train at regularly. To get the most out of your Jiu Jitsu training you should aim to train 2 -3 times a week. Whichever gym you find where you can make that happen is the right gym for you.
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Why Train Jiu Jitsu?
The most popular reason people give for starting Jiu Jitsu is for self-defence. Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art for self-defence for many reasons. It offers a way to defend yourself against a bigger, and stronger opponent as well as giving you skills to control someone without hurting them. “Jiu-jitsu” translates from the Japanese as “the gentle art.”
Jiu Jitsu is great for people looking to improve their fitness and get their bodies moving. Jiu Jitsu is dynamic and also mentally challenging as each training partner provides different resistance and movement requiring you to use every muscle in your body, and your brain to meet the challenge. Jiu Jitsu is a whole body functional fitness workout.
Jiu Jitsu is a great way to help control your weight as you don’t need to be fit to start. You don’t need to be athletic to be good and you don’t need to be big or strong to be effective. You can also train Jiu Jitsu when you are young or old and it is fun.
Self confidence is belief in yourself. You build that belief by putting yourself in difficult situations and finding ways to deal with them. Jiu Jitsu will put you in uncomfortable situations but, it not only teaches you the skills to get out of those uncomfortable situations, but you will become more comfortable whilst in those uncomfortable situations.
Socrates the Ancient Greek philosopher said, “Through discipline comes freedom." If you train consistently enough, and shown the discipline of self-control on the mats to a point where you achieve your 3rdstripe on your white belt, then you get the freedom to roll. The Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu is the ultimate example and evidence of one’s discipline.
Respect is not often something people mention they are looking to start training. You need respect for yourself to actually realise that you are worth it and deserve to be training. Respect that there is a limit that your body can reach but through training you can, and will, stretch and improve that limit.
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Understand why it is best for you to train jiu jitsu as a form of self defence.
The number one reason people give for training Jiu Jitsu is for self-defence. There are many different
martial arts and self defence instruction out there but Jiu Jitsu is arguably the most effective. Don’t
just believe us, look at the success Jiu Jitsu techniques have had in UFC and MMA. In real life self
defence situations it has also proven to be effective. Former Navy Seal Jocko Willinc, who received
the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War, talked about self defence and said, “I
say that you should learn jiu-jitsu first; it should be the first martial art you learn to defend yourself.”
Yes, striking arts such as boxing, kickboxing and karate can be useful in some self defence situations
but they offer little in terms of a variety of response intensity. A punch in the face or a kick to the
head is not always the best response to an incident. Sometimes you only want to stop the attacker
causing you harm and you certainly never want to hurt yourself when defending yourself. One punch
deaths and serious injuries are well documented and an unwanted consequence of a self defence
altercation. Anyone who has punch anything will also know that it is very easy to hurt yourself even
if you do connect. The major issue with most forms of self-defence is that they rely on you being
stronger, faster, fitter and bigger than your opponent to have the best chance of winning. They also
are not as useful when the fight ends up on the ground as most street fights do.
In contrast to the striking arts, Jiu Jitsu gives you a variety of options to respond to a situation. You
can control an opponent, use joint locks, or even put them to sleep. Jiu Jitsu is designed to allow a
smaller, weaker opponent to control a larger opponent through the use of leverage and body
positioning techniques. In training it is common to see bigger, stronger people being submitted by
more experienced, but smaller and lighter opponents.
There are many reasons to train Jiu Jitsu, such as for fitness, self-confidence, weight loss, and just to
be active but as a method of self defence, it is arguably the best.
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